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July 7, 2009  6:14 PM

Move CICS, DB2, IMS, TSO/ISPF and batch to specialty processors

Posted by: Matt Stansberry
DataCenter, mainframe

According to a recent analyst report on Neon Software's zPrime, mainframe users may soon be able to run traditional mainframe workloads like CICS, DB2, IMS, TSO/ISPF and batch on the IBM mainframe zIIP and...

June 30, 2009  3:22 PM

Mainframe rivals press for anti-trust action against IBM under Obama

Posted by: Matt Stansberry
antitrust, DataCenter, IBM, mainframe

From The Wall Street Journal: The Computer & Communications Industry Association has pursued Big Blue for decades in an effort to rein in the technology giant's allegedly unfair...

April 20, 2009  2:02 PM

Sun, the mainframe tape vendor

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
mainframe tape storage, sun microsystems

You've got to love the headline of this post over at the Mainframe Typepad blog: "Oracle Bids on Mainframe Tape Vendor." Yeah....they're a little bit more than a mainframe tape vendor. That "mainframe...

March 25, 2009  3:31 PM

Putting it all together: PSI, the mainframe, and blade servers

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio

When IBM announced that it was buying Platform Solutions Inc. last year, most people thought Big Blue was doing it to shut PSI up. Before the acquisition, IBM and PSI were in a nasty legal fight over 1)

March 11, 2009  3:01 PM

Sun CTO: Cloud computing is like the mainframe

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio

Greg Papadopoulos, Sun Microsystems chief technology officer, gave the keynote address at the AFCOM Data Center World conference in Las Vegas yesterday. And during it, he compared cloud computing to the mainframe. What he said about cloud computing:...

March 5, 2009  9:14 PM

The prospect of Windows on an IBM System z mainframe

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Windows on the System z mainframe, z/VM

There's some hubbub around the Share conference in Austin this week around a session tomorrow morning by Mantissa Corp. The session is titled "x86 Virtualization Technology for System z." During it, the company's CEO, Gary Dennis, is expected to unveil...

March 5, 2009  4:20 PM

Linux on z/VM a big topic at Share this week

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
linux on System z mainframe, zLinux

There are more than a dozen sessions here at Share in Austin this week on running Linux on the IBM System z within z/VM, big iron's virtualization operating system. Nationwide, John Deere, the list goes on and on. Yesterday I sat in on one of those sessions, where a systems engineer for a large...

March 2, 2009  8:01 PM

Blue Cross Blue Shield wins Share’s 2009 excellence award

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
mainframe user group share, zLinux

Mainframe user group Share just announced that Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina has won the group's 2009 Award for Excellence in Technology, mainly for its large-scale...

December 11, 2008  12:10 AM

Wordles: System z10, Superdome, Sun M9000

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio

At a site called Wordle, you can input a text document and out comes what Wordle calls a "word cloud." It is basically a visual representation of the text document, with the most often used words represented larger and the least often used words represented...

November 28, 2008  1:39 PM

Analyst group disses Hewlett-Packard report about mainframe migration

Posted by: Mark Fontecchio

It's not every day that an analyst group refutes vendor news that includes research from said analyst. Especially when it was research that the vendor, in this case Hewlett-Packard, sponsored. It's a rare occurrence. But that's what happened recently in the midst of the ongoing battle between...

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